Promoting Student Inclusion

An Evidence-Based Program for Transforming Purdue's Climate

While underrepresented minority students question whether they belong and are respected at Purdue, majority group students often lack intergroup experience, making them more likely to engage in unintentional bias. This project works to instill a motivation to actively approach outgroups by emphasizing egalitarianism and mutual respect, learning, and competence. Using professionally developed videos, new students will be exposed to strategies from both underrepresented and majority students' perspectives that can facilitate positive intergroup experiences, enhacing the already well-known and loved Boiler Gold Rush freshmen event. This two-year project is a recipient of the comeptitive Diversity Transformation Award (DTA), aimed at increasing and retaining diversity on campus. 

Listen to Consortium member Margo Monteith introduce the project below. For more videos on the project, see this "Promoting Student Inclusion: An Evidence-Based Program for Transforming Purdue's Climate" at this link.

Team members: Evelyn Carter, postdoctoral fellow, Psychological Sciences; Erin Hennes, assistant professor, Psychological Sciences; Richard Rand, professor, Visual and Performing Arts; Zenephia Evans, director, Science Diversity Office; Elizabeth Holloway, director, Women in Engineering Program

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